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MEIA Wins Habitat for Humanity Award

4/6/2009

Press contact: Rauni Kew 207.602.8500 Greg Dugal , Executive Director, Maine Innkeepers Association 207.865.6100 Maine Innkeepers Association Awarded Golden House Award by Habitat for Humanity Maine Innkeepers recognized for helping to build a better Maine Freeport, ME – April 6, 2009 – The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) was awarded Habitat for Humanity’s Golden House Award in recognition of their ‘ Hospitality for Habitat’ program which raises funds to build homes for low income families in Maine. MEIA Executive Director Greg Dugal accepted the award from Richard Lindgren, Volunteer Development Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, at their annual meeting on March 31 at USM’s Glickman Family Library. Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Stephen Bolton described the Maine Innkeeper’s program as fun and innovative. “Innkeepers reduce their room rates in May by 50% in exchange for a $35 donation to Habitat for Humanity. It’s been a successful program for the past six years, and each spring our treasurer looks forward to the joyful task of processing literally hundreds of donation checks collected by the Innkeepers.” According to Bolton, Hospitality for Habitat was also the first project in Maine where Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the state worked together. Hospitality for Habitat runs from May 1st to May 22nd this spring, and participating Innkeepers are already reporting banner reservations. “This year, more than any other, travelers are demanding value before making travel plans,” said Dugal. “Hospitality for Habitat offers guests the opportunity to experience Maine’s best hotels, resorts and B&B’s at deeply discounted rates, while giving back to a great cause. Innkeepers and travelers both appreciate the program that fills rooms in early spring and also helps Maine families. We enjoy the affiliation with Habitat for Humanity and are thrilled with their Golden House Award recognizing the Innkeepers contributions,” stated Dugal. Inns all over the state are participating in Hospitality for Habitat and a complete list that is updated with new participants regularly can be found at www.maineinns.com and includes: Mira Monte Inn & Graycote Inn in Bar Harbor, Bass Harbor Cottages & Country Inn in Bass Harbor, Birchwood Motel and Camden Riverhouse Hotel in Camden, Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Chebeague Orchard Inn on Chebeague Island, Pilgrim’s Inn in Deere Isle, Twilite Motel in Ellsworth, Best Western Freeport, Captain Brigg’s House B&B, Harraseeket Inn and Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Freeport, Pine Crest B&B in Gorham, Captain Jefferds Inn, Colony Hotel and Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Newcastle Inn and Flying Cloud B&B in Newcastle, Beachmere Inn, Meadowmere Resort and Ogunquit Inn in Ogunquit, Fern Park Cabins in Old Orchard Beach, Wolf Cove Inn in Poland, Sebasco Harbor Resort in Sebasco Estates, Best Western Merry Manor Inn and Comfort Inn in South Portland, Black Lantern B&B in Topsham, Harbour Cottage Inn and Pier 1 in Southwest Harbor, Blue Skye Farm in Waldoboro and Lake House Inn in Waterford, and Comfort Inn & Suites in Wilton. To take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to a great cause while visiting some of Maine’s finest inns, hotels and B&B’s at affordable rates, from May 1st to May 22nd visit The Maine Innkeepers web page at www.maineinns.com and click on the Hospitality for Habitat Logo for links to each property with specific room rates, availability, and restrictions. Reservations should be made in advance and donations for $35 given to the Innkeeper in the form of a check, written out to Habitat for Humanity. Every dollar donated helps build houses for low income families in Maine. About Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter, they helped build and had bought with the assistance of no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More information can be found online at www.habitat.org. About the Maine Innkeepers Association The Maine Innkeepers Association, a leading provider of tourism information to both Maine’s lodging industry and its visitors, represents nearly 700 B&Bs, camps, cottages, hotels, inns, motels and resorts across Maine, and their suppliers. Through communication, education, promotion and government affairs, the Association helps its members achieve prosperity and deliver a quality product to the consumer. Maine Innkeepers Association is located in Freeport, ME and can also be found at www.maineinns.com.

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